ISSN 2284-7995, ISSN Online 2285-3952


Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 16 ISSUE 1
Written by Chibuzo Ikechukwu OKPOKIRI, Chigozirim Ndubuisi ONWUSIRIBE, Felix Okezie ONWUKWE

This study examined productivity differentials along gender lines of cocoa farmers in Abia state, Nigeria in 2015. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used to elicit data from 120 cocoa farmers, whom consist of 60 males and 60 females. Data were collected using a well structured questionnaire and interview schedule administered on the respondent. Data were analyzed using profitability analysis and semi-log regression function. For the male farmers, the coefficients for education, farm size, fertilizer, input and planting materials were positively related to productivity and significant at 5% level of probability while capital inputs was significant at 1%. For the female farmers, the coefficient for age was negatively related to productivity and significant at 1%, while education, farm size, capital input and fertilizer inputs were positive; both were significant at 1.0% and labour was significant at 5% level of probability. From the profitability analysis, the female cocoa farmers were more profitable with the profit of N1412432 than their male counterparts with the profit of N1373643. The results call for policies aimed at land re-forms by making more lands and easy accessibility to credit available to women who are more efficient for increased productivity and profitability.

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